Pages

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Soap Bag

The idea for a soap bag first came to me when I got frustrated at my hubby's not-so-endearing perpetual habit of leaving bits of soap in the soap dish to get soggy, while just dumping a fresh bar of soap on top to use instead.  It's amazing the kinds of things that the man can just ignore instead of seeing!  Never mind just how horrible and soggy his soap always got, but guess who has to clean up the mess it leaves behind ;)

The soap bag
The idea of the soap bag is that when he runs low on soap, instead of cracking a new bar and leaving all the old bits behind, he now adds the new bar into the existing bag, thus still using all the old bits and not leaving them to go to waste.  He also hangs the whole bag from a hook in the shower, so it doesn't even leave a soggy pile of soap goop anywhere!  Several months in, and this system is working beautifully!  I'm actually a bit annoyed I never though of this idea before - apparently it isn't a new one, and soap bags have existed for a while - I have just never come across them before.

The other good thing about the soap bag is it's good for exfoliating!  The nice cotton netting does quite well for that. 

Here's how to knit your own soap bag, like the one I made for hubby in the picture above.

***


Materials:
  • Less than one 50g ball of 4 ply Sullivans Crochet and Knitting Cotton
  • 3.25mm DPNs
  • Tapestry needle

Pattern:
Cast on 48 sts.  Join to work in the round,
Work 6 rounds of K1, P1 ribbing.

Next round: *K2tog, YO, K1, P1, K1, P1*  (This round gives you holes for your drawstring - 8 holes in total)

Work another 5 rounds of K1, P1 ribbing.

Begin lace pattern.  Work 16 repetitions of lace pattern (32 rows).

Lace Pattern:
Round 1:  *K2tog, YO*
Round 2:  Knit

Decreasing:
Round 1:  *K2tog*
Round 2:  Knit
Round 3:  Knit
Round 4:  *K2tog*
Round 5:  Knit
Round 6:  *K2tog* 

Cut yarn and pass tail through remaining stitches.  Pull tight.  Weave in ends. 

Drawstring:  Using 6 strands of yarn divided into three groups of two, create a tightly woven 3-strand braid long enough to pass around the opening of the bag twice, plus a couple of inches of extra length.  Each strand of yarn will need to be approximately three times the length of the final braid.

(Alternately you could use a ribbon or similar, or even crochet one long chain to make the drawstring.)

Knot the two ends of the braid together to form a loop, then pass one end of the loop through the drawstring holes, finishing by passing the knot of the loop through the passed section to form a drawstring.  (I did it this way instead of just passing the length of braid through the holes and knotting to reduce wear and tear on the drawstring holes.) 

Open bag with drawstring
Add your soap, pull it tight, and away you go!  Enjoy your new exfoliating soap bag :)

If anyone does use this pattern, drop me a note in the comments below to let me know how it went :)